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NCJ Number: 228543 Find in a Library
Title: Student Attitudes Toward Wrongful Conviction
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:51  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:411-432
Author(s): Rosemary Ricciardelli; James G. Bell; Kimberley A. Chow
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study examined whether criminal justice students differ in their attitudes toward wrongful conviction.
Abstract: Prior research investigated the attitudes of criminal justice majors in a variety of domains; results from prior research suggest that criminal justice students may have more conservative attitudes than other university students. Results from this study suggest that third-year criminal justice students are more sensitive than their peers to issues surrounding wrongful conviction and that a particular program of study within the year that the study takes place affects how students feel about specific aspects of wrongful conviction. Criminal justice education seems to have a liberalizing influence on attitudes toward wrongful conviction. This is positive for those dedicated to preventing and rectifying wrongful convictions. Data were collected from 279 first- and third-year undergraduate students at a small laptop-based university in Canada. Tables, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Wrongful conviction
Index Term(s): Criminal justice education; Criminal justice evaluation; Criminal justice research; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign offenders; Public Opinion of the Courts; Students
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